Neighbor complaints force Manhattan Children’s Theatre out of Tribeca home

TRD New York /
May.May 19, 2011 04:40 PM
52 White Street and children at Manhattan Children’s Theatre

Despite its trendy reputation, Tribeca doesn’t appear to have much tolerance for tomorrow’s culture connoisseurs. DNAinfo reported that condominium owners in the 52 White Street building that’s housed the Manhattan Children’s Theatre for nearly 10 years have been complaining for months about the noise the young audience makes during performances, and that’s forced the theatre to move around the corner on Broadway, where it will share space with Access Theater. Although, to be fair, rising rents meant the Children’s Theatre would likely have to move to a new neighborhood altogether. “Tribeca has gotten too pricey,” said Chris Alonzo, the managing director. “There was a period about a year ago where we said we were definitely going to stay in Tribeca. Then we said, ‘Well, we’ll definitely stay downtown.'” Alonzo said he’s considering moving to a new, unnamed building rising in Chelsea slated to open in the fall of 2102, but is checking out some spaces in the Lower East Side. In the meantime, the theatre’s last performance will be a rendition of “The Complete Works of the Brothers Grimm (Abridged)” May 30. [DNAinfo]

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